Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop at the launch of the foreign policy white paper. The foreign affairs minister said Australia would resist the ‘false hope of protectionism and isolationism’. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP Foreign policy paper says climate-related conflict and migration could put Australia’s economic interests under pressure
November 23, 2017 — Climate change is creating a disaster on Australia’s doorstep, with environmental degradation and the demand for sustainable sources of food undermining stability in
Continue reading Australia facing climate disaster on its doorstep, government’s white paper warns A new report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies says 50% renewable energy is possible without major investments in storage for reliability. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP Chief scientist-commissioned report warns Australia risks missing global growth industry of energy storage because of ongoing policy uncertainty
November 19, 2017 — Australia’s power grid can reach penetrations of 50% renewable energy without a significant requirement for storage to support reliability, according to a new report commissioned by Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel.
Continue reading Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Finkel report Villagers in Kiribati, which the World Bank says should be allowed to work and permanently settle in Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images World Bank argues structured migration program would prevent forced migration in future generations
May 8, 2017 — Australia and New Zealand should allow open migration for citizens of Pacific nations threatened by climate change, to boost struggling island economies and prevent a later mass forced migration, a paper from the World Bank argues.
Continue reading World Bank: let climate-threatened Pacific islanders migrate to Australia or NZ The mean temperature in Sydney was 2.8C above average in December, January, and February, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, and climate scientists say the probability of extreme weather is increasing. Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP Report’s authors say Sydney unprepared for knock-on effects of a significant increase in average summer temperatures
March 1, 2017 — New South Wales, which has just experienced its hottest summer on record, is 50 times more likely to experience another similarly hot summer and 10 times more likely to
Continue reading Extreme summers surging due to global warming THE UNWANTED. Australia has faced criticism in the past over its policies against asylum seekers arriving by boat. In this photo, a Rohingya migrant eats food dropped by a Thai army helicopter on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says it is necessary to send an ‘absolutely, unflinching, unequivocal message’ that boat people will never be allowed in Australia
SYDNEY, Australia (Oct. 30, 2016) — Australia moved Sunday, October 30, to bar any refugee or asylum-seeker who arrives in the country illegally by boat from ever being able to apply for a visa, even as tourists or for business.
Continue reading Boat people face lifetime ban from Australia Labor’s four-point lead in the polls is the same as last week. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images The poll shows 57% support for Labor’s carbon emissions policy and 43% of voters in favor of negative gearing
May 3, 2016 — Labor has maintained a 52-48, two-party preferred lead in the latest Essential poll, and also received majority support for its carbon policy.
Continue reading Essential poll shows Labor maintains a 52-48, two-party preferred lead Malcolm Turnbull says Labor’s proposed emissions trading schemes would ‘double the burden on Australia, relative to other countries’. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images Prime minister criticises Labor’s plan, claiming it will raise energy prices, be an ‘economic handbrake’ and do little to combat climate change
April 27, 2016 — Malcolm Turnbull has criticised Labor’s plan to reintroduce an emissions trading scheme, warning it would be a “jobs-destroying” measure, a handbrake on the economy, lead to
Continue reading Turnbull warns Labor’s emissions trading schemes will destroy jobs Malcolm Turnbull at a building site near Brisbane on Wednesday. The prime minister has gone on the attack since Labor released its climate policy. Photograph: Glenn Hunt/AAP Malcolm Turnbull is attempting to discredit Labor’s new emissions plan. Here are six reasons the government’s campaign is wrong
April 27, 2016 — 1. The prime minister says that by promising to cut emissions by 45% by 2030, rather than 26% to 28% (as the government has pledged) Labor is “doubling the burden” on Australians. But modelling commissioned by the Coalition from
Continue reading Why Coalition climate scare campaign is not credible Opposition maintains ambitious targets but aims to minimise cost to households and defers details until after election
April 26, 2016 — Labor is proposing two emissions trading schemes – one for big industrial polluters and an electricity industry model similar to one once backed by Malcolm Turnbull – in a climate policy that trumps the Coalition’s ambition but minimises the hit on
Continue reading Labor proposes two emissions trading schemes costing $355.9m CRISIS MEETING. French president Francois Hollande (C) speaks with Prime Minister Manuel Valls (R) and minister of defence Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) after they held a crisis defense meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, March 22, 2016. Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA World leaders unite in condemning the carnage in Brussels and vowed to combat terrorism
BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 23, 2016) — World leaders united Tuesday, March 22, in condemning the carnage in Brussels and vowed to combat terrorism, after Islamic State (ISIS) bombers killed around 35 people in a strike at the symbolic heart of the EU.
Continue reading World condemns Brussels bombings as strike on European democracy